Jun 072017
 

An essential aim for any proud organisation is to test its skills with the aim of surpassing all previous efforts. The Perth Mint has continuously challenged itself in order to extend its capabilities beyond the conventional. From a pioneering role in ‘colourisation’ and ‘gilding’ techniques, to casting our world record breaking One Tonne Gold Coin, we’ve never shied away from pushing the boundaries.

Recently, we created an innovative and prestigious range of iconic Australian coins combining pure precious metals with exceptionally rare pink diamonds from Western Australia’s Argyle Diamond Mine. Now, we’ve taken this stunning blend of natural treasures to a new level with the unveiling of The Australian Trilogy, possibly the most magnificent Australian Three-Coin Set ever created.

A never-to-be-repeated release with an official limited mintage of just one, the Trilogy combines three 2017 coins from our iconic Australian animal series. At one kilo apiece, the impressive releases are all large enough to fill the palm of your hand.

In the pursuit of perfection, up to 30 examples of each coin were struck before a process of scrupulous inspection and rejection resulted in three supreme choices (and the melting pot for those discarded).

With immaculate clarity and crispness, their appearance is instantly arresting. There’s a surprise, too – unprecedented combinations of metal and design mean the Australian Kookaburra is made from 9999 gold; the Australian Kangaroo from 9995 platinum; and the Australian Koala from a delightful shade of 22 carat rose gold.

Each masterpiece attains the truly spectacular with the inclusion of a carefully selected fancy coloured diamond within the design. Breathtakingly beautiful, these marvels of nature are so incredibly uncommon that less than a fistful see the light of day each year. The most valuable and sought after diamonds in the world, they’re exquisitely honed by the world’s most acclaimed cutters and polishers.

Respectively, Trilogy coins feature a round brilliant cut 0.47 carat Fancy Deep Purple-Pink; an emerald cut 0.46 carat Fancy Dark Gray-Violet; and an emerald cut 0.58 carat Fancy Intense Pink.

Even with the Mint’s extensive expertise, setting the stones was cause for significant nervousness. With much time and effort dedicated to producing coins with the highest quality finishes, it was alarming to think that one slip of a beading tool the whole project would be compromised.

The finest diamond setter, specially flown to Perth from Singapore, was entrusted to handset the fabulous gems. A collective intake of breath followed by an anxious wait was richly rewarded, however, when our expert craftsman completed the demanding procedure with immaculate precision.

The vision for The Australian Trilogy was the ultimate set of pink diamond adorned coins yet created. A shining example of what is achievable when creative, artistic and artisanal skills are united in the pursuit of perfection, we believe that as an unquestionable highlight of Australian precious collectables it has raised the bar once more.

With a recommended retail price of AUD 1.8 million, The Australian Trilogy can be viewed at The Perth Mint throughout June. Buyers are invited to contact Shop staff or call (+61 8) 9421 7376 for further information.

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Aug 282014
 

BEYOND RARE: The Perth Mint and Argyle Pink Diamonds unite to present an exclusive 10oz pure platinum ingot hand set with exquisite intense and vivid pink diamonds. For sheer exclusivity, just six of these exceptional 10oz Platinum Ingots will ever be released – coming soon!

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Apr 052013
 

The following coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

200th Anniversary of the Australian Holey Dollar and Dump 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin Set
Maximum Mintage:  4,000 sold out
Diamond_Jubilee_Kilo_Silver Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 2012 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage:  600 sold out
Koala_2013_5ozHR_Silver Australian Koala 2013 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage:  5,000 sold out

 

These coins are now near to sell out.

 Platinum_Koala Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Proof Platinum Issue
Only 50 coins remain to be sold
 ANDA_Perth_Snake Perth ANDA Coin Show Special – Australian Lunar Series II – 2013 Year of the Snake 2oz Silver Coloured Edition
Only 131 coins remain to be sold
 Baby_Snake Baby Snake 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
Only 273 coins remain to be sold
 HR_Snake Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Only 366 coins remain to be sold

Quantities available at time of posting

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Mar 082013
 

Platinum is a precious metal that many would love to add to their coin collections. This month we’re offering the Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Platinum Proof Coin, a rare collectable providing the perfect opportunity to collect platinum.

Why Platinum?

Platinum is widely recognised as the most precious of the three ‘noble’ metals. Since the inception of the Australian Precious Metals Coin Program, The Perth Mint has endeavoured to offer coins in all three metals – gold, platinum and silver.

In 1988, the Australian Koala became the first legal tender platinum bullion coin to be launched by a major nation. Offered in four sizes as an investment coin, a 1/2oz Proof Issue with a limited mintage of 12,000 was also released for collectors (sold out).

The 99.95% pure platinum coin depicted a koala design by sculptor and artist Michael Tracey, whose distinctive portrayal has been painstakingly reproduced on the 2013 anniversary issue which is subject to a tiny mintage of just 1,200.

Featuring a ‘P25’ mintmark, the 2013 anniversary release is accompanied by an numbered silver medallion.

Quick Guide

With interest in platinum currently riding high, here’s our quick guide to this beautiful metal:

  • Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust – roughly 30 times scarcer than gold.
  • Pure platinum is a lustrous, silvery-white metal that’s also ductile, malleable and resistant to tarnish.
  • It is said that all the platinum ever mined in history would fit inside a 25 x 25 x 25 foot room.
  • Ancient Egyptians used platinum for decorating important objects as long ago as 700BC.
  • It was used by pre-Columbian Americans to produce artefacts of a white gold-platinum alloy.
  • The name platinum is derived from the Spanish term platina, which is literally translated into “little silver”.
  • Believe it or not, Spanish conquistadors thought it was a nuisance, being difficult to separate from gold nuggets!
  • In the 1920s, two platinum deposits, each around 100 kilometres in length, were discovered in the Transvaal.
  • Today, South Africa has 80% of the world’s platinum reserve.
  • Approximately 10 tons of ore are needed to produce a single ounce of platinum.
  • About half of world demand is for use in autocatalysts, where it destroys pollutants in vehicle exhaust fumes.
  • There’s also significant demand for modern platinum jewellery, which is primarily made and sold in China, Japan and the USA.

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Jun 082011
 

Here’s fantastic news for everyone who buys Perth Mint collectables online.

Today we’re announcing free worldwide shipping on all website purchases valued at $300 and above (subscriptions excluded).

Whether you’re in Adelaide or Anchorage, if you purchase coins, jewellery, watches or gifts at www.perthmint.com.au with a minimum order value of $300, your delivery charge will be completely waived!

Coins and other precious products dispatched free-of-charge from The Perth Mint will enjoy exactly the same high-quality, secure courier and delivery services.

To help ensure your parcel won’t get into the wrong hands, it will only be handed-over at the point-of-delivery to a signatory with acceptable photo id (e.g. passport, driver’s licence).

Free shipping with this assurance is a terrific customer benefit reflecting our readiness to listen to your feedback and act decisively wherever possible.

 
May 242011
 

Collecting coins made by The Perth Mint is a rewarding pastime for many people. There’s certainly a diverse range of historic and modern commemoratives to choose from.

The first coins made in Perth were gold sovereigns. Featuring our distinctive ‘P’ mintmark, more than 100 million were produced between 1899 and 1931. Even so, completing a full set can be a challenging prospect to even the most experienced collector.

Australian pre-decimal coins made in Perth include silver shillings, pennies and half-pennies. Later, the Mint prepared the way for decimalisation in 1966 with vast numbers of 1 cent and 2 cents coins, which stayed in circulation until 1992.

There was a momentous shift in emphasis in the 1980s, however, when the Australian Government authorised The Perth Mint to produce the nation’s official precious metal coin program.

The first coin to be made under the agreement was the famous Australian Nugget. As well as being offered in unpackaged, bullion quality for investors, an extremely limited number of stunning proof quality versions were released in special presentation packaging for collectors.

The silver Australian Kookaburra was the second series to be issued in what has subsequently become one of the most extensive ranges of  modern collectable coins in the world.

Today, The Perth Mint releases new collector releases every month. Keeping up with the all themes, innovations, sizes, metals and mintages, not to mention sell-outs, near sell-outs and special offers is quite a challenge.

Here we’ll cover just about everything a Perth Mint coin collector needs to know. Bringing together all the news from our websites, new product bulletins, newsletters and more, it provides one super convenient location… to which you can add your thoughts and comments too!

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